Decisions on school reopenings stressful for families

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

high school teacher calling on studentIt's just what parents in the Big Apple didn't want to hear: schools will reopen this fall – but only on a part-time basis.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio wants classes to be held just two or three days a week for all 1,800 schools of the city's public school system – and his plan calls for most students learning online at least half the time. Parents, he says, will have the option of online-only for their children, but adds that three-fourths of parents surveyed said they want their children in school come September.

Joe Connor of WeWinAmerica.com lives in the New York metropolitan area. He argues a lot of parents have "essential" but low-income jobs, making it difficult for them to stay at home.

"They don't have the technology [at home], they don't have enough computers, they don't have enough wi-fi, and they don't have enough patience," Connor says of those parents. "[and] they have their own jobs to do.

"It's creating enormous amounts of stress on the nuclear families – and perhaps, just perhaps that's the goal," he adds.

Connor agrees with an increasing number of experts who contend that keeping students out of school could cause lasting damage. "Using people, clearly using people with really no care for their health and well-being to score political points just to win power? That's tyranny," he argues.

Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York, says it's his decision – not the mayor's – as to when or whether schools in the state will open. He has ordered districts statewide to submit plans for reopening by July 31; then state officials will decide during the first week of August whether to accept the plans – and whether schools will reopen at all.

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